Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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In her final novel, as in her earlier ones, Jane Austen uses a love story to explore and gently satirize social pretensions and emotional confusion. Persuasion follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne’s friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was “unworthy.” Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne’s family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

Austen may seem to paint on a small canvas, but her characters contain the full range of human passion and moral complexity, and the author’s generous spirit renders them all with understanding, compassion, and humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411432888
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 92,118
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English author known primarily for her six major novels set among the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Considered defining works of the Regency Era and counted among the best-loved classics of English literature, Austen’s books include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The latter two were published after her death.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England


Taught at home by her father

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From Susan Ostrov Weisser's Introduction to Persuasion

Just as Jane Austen is the favorite author of many discerning readers, Persuasion is the most highly esteemed novel of many Austenites. It has the deep irony, the scathing wit, the droll and finely drawn characters of Austen's other novels, all attributes long beloved of her readers. But it is conventionally said that as her last novel, the novel of her middle age, it additionally has a greater maturity and wisdom than the "light, bright and sparkling" earlier novels, to use Austen's own famous description of Pride and Prejudice, her most popular work. In other words, Persuasion has often been seen as the thinking reader's Pride and Prejudice.

But Persuasion is less "light" in more than one sense; Anne Elliot, its heroine, is introduced as more unhappy and constrained by her situation than any heroine of Austen's since Fanny Price of Mansfield Park. In contrast to Elizabeth Bennet's or Emma Woodhouse's sparkle and volubility, Anne's "spirits were not high," and remain low for much of the novel. But whereas Fanny Price, like Anne ignored and held in low esteem by family members, is perfectly poised to be rescued by love, in fact Anne is barely a Cinderella figure, and not only because she is wellborn, of a better social rank than even the heroine of Emma. In fact, Anne Elliot has more in common with Charlotte Brontë's Victorian heroine Jane Eyre in that she seems at first distinctly ineligible for the role of a beloved, appearing to the world as apparently unlovable and without much physical charm. Anne, however, has none of Jane Eyre's ready temper, tongue, and fire; she tends to think and feel alone and in silence—except, of course, that we, her readers, share the literary mind she inhabits and see the world with her through her finely discerning eyes. Heroines are always subjected to surveillance in nineteenth-century fiction; here the heroine is invisible but voluble in her mind, as Lucy Snowe is in Charlotte Brontë's Villette.

Anne Elliot is a creature of thought and feeling, not what she seems to others. The same may be said of Jane Austen herself, whose life and writing often appear as one thing in the popular mind, yet turn out to be far more complex than convention allows when closely examined. There is the real Jane Austen, who left little in the way of biographical material (no diary has ever been found, and most of her letters were destroyed by their recipients or their heirs); and then there is the Jane Austen of the contemporary imagination. This latter version has colored the many films and television productions of her work, not to mention the societies and cultish fan enthusiasm, which constitute what the critic Margaret Doody calls "Aunt Jane-ism," a phenomenon she defines as "imposed quaintness."

It is easy to see why Austen's novels have become a kind of cinematic fetish: Film adaptations selectively focus on the clear trajectory of the courtship plot, the fine detail, the enclosed, knowable, seemingly nonpolitical world in which everyone seems to know his place. In fact, for many the novels have come to stand for a nostalgia of pre-Industrial Revolution England, an idyll of country houses, gentrified manners, and clear moral standards, an Old World apart from the chaos of urban, technologized life and the struggle for modern capital. So solidified has this mythical vision become that there is now a popular series of mystery novels by Stephanie Barron that feature Jane Austen as the amateur detective, similar to Agatha Christie's spinster figure Miss Marple, solving fictional mysteries with pert and ingenious wit in her quaint village.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Persuasion is a powerful book that strongly impacts the mind of any reader. I read this book for a research paper I had to write this year in high school, and I fell in love with it. Apart from the fact that I experienced the emotions described in this book, Jane Austen presents the material in such a way that the reader can comprehend, and fully grasp, the struggle of Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot. This is truly a tremendous masterpiece. I strongly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it several times in paperback and after having to sell almost all of my books for a move I was excited to see this free version. The formatting is fairly decent. There are random numbers and letters throughout and some of the line breaks are odd but it's not hard to read and really isn't annoying. Some of the paragraphs run on but that was how my other copy of the book was. I could be coming from a different perspective on the reason the formatting really doesn't bother me. I was a history major and some of the things that I had to read from this time period (and others) were not edited for ease of reading. Good copy if you are interested in reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book however, I was sincerely disappointed with the number of typos in the Barnes & Noble Classics series nook book verison. After reading a couple more Jane Austen book from the Barnes and Noble Classic nook books, I kept finding more typos to the point that I went and purchased a different publisher's version and archieved the B&N version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great satirical description of class prejudice and privilege. The virtuous overcome the contemptible and the reader is happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a pleasure to. read or to rereadan. Austen nvell,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could read it over and over. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Jane Austen story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book rather sweet. It teaches you to follow your heart and not the decisions of others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formatting for this book was half hearted at best. Made a great book difficult to get through with odd page breaks and typos.
tap_aparecium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This particular Jane Austen novel is definitely my least favorite of the four I've read. It took me awhile to get through this one. It just didn't capture my interest. I liked the character of Anne but beyond that I had trouble keeping track of the other characters. Also the romance came too late for me and I felt detached from the outcome.
onlyhope1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Persuasion is another classic from Jane Austen. In it, Anne Elliot was once engaged to Captain Wentworth. Years after refusing him, the two are thrust into the same small town's social circle. Anne is slowly dying for one look, one word to know he still loves her. However, both of them engage in the same small talk, and refuse to discuss the one topic which they want more than anything to mention. And to find out if Anne Elliot finally marries him, you shall have to read the book. On that subject my lips are sealed.I very much enjoyed the book! While Captain Wentworth is no Darcy, it still made for a delightful read!
Mia.Darien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my second time reading "Persuasion" and I think I loved it more this time than the last. I will confess that certain happy comparisons between my life and this book make me fonder of it, it is a tender love story. I realize it's not considered among Austen's more intricate works, as it was written during her final illness, but it is still a good tale of Austen style. Not much need be said of it, I think, but to say that classics are classics for a reason.
mels_71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with Austen's trademark wit and amusing view of society. The heroine is Anne Elliot and she is wonderful and a mature women who finally knows what she wants and gets it.
Kivrin22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found myself uninterested in Anne Elliot or her fate. She didn't have the strong characteristics that Jane Austen's other heroines have. She didn't really have any strong characteristics except for being very relenting to others. And her explanation about the "moral" of the story, that it was a good thing that she was persuaded by Lady Russell into refusing Captain Wentworth when she was 19, did not make any sense to me. Not a bad story - it follows the Austen storyline: good girl gets overlooked/overlooks hero, falls for man of seemingly excellent character, man of excellent character turns out to be a bad character, heroine and hero finally come together at the end and everything is good. Elizabeth (Bennett) Darcy is still my favorite, but I still have Mansfield Park, Emma, and Northanger Abbey to get through.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of all of Austen's books. Not the wittiest or with the most appealing heroine--that would be Pride and Prejudice. I do find Wentworth the most appealing of the Austen heroes though. He's a self-made man and the theme of merit versus aristocratic privilege and pride runs through the book. Which is not to say I don't feel for Anne. She's a quieter heroine than you usually see in Austen. Someone that seemingly was too easily persuaded years ago and seems destined to end her life alone. I think if for nothing else, this book would have earned a place among my favorites because of one scene. My inner feminist cheered at Anne's defense of women, and their faithfulness in love. And truly, if you aren't melted by the letter Wentworth writes to Anne, you have no beating heart.As always with Austen, there are winning touches of humor throughout that leaven the drama. Persuasion isn't as comedic as Emma or Pride and Prejudice but it's still a welcome element.Austen has had an upsurge of popularity because of several adaptations in the 90s. I do love the Pride and Prejudice miniseries and the films of Emma and Sense and Sensibility but I don't feel there's any film adaptation of Persuasion that does it justice. So if you're impression of it comes from those films, all I can say is the book is much, much better!
annekiwi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Persuasion. Sometimes I find it hard to read the Austen books because the writing is so much more complex than today's writing. Still, I really enjoy it because it is so descriptive without being overly so. Not the minutiae of every minute, but more along the lines of "she blushed" and you know exactly what she's thinking and feeling without more words.
Libbeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book way back in 1982 and to be honest, gave it 4 stars purely because I remember loving all Jane Austen but I can't actually remember the story. Time for a re-read I think.
Nebutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This remains my favorite Jane Austen for many reasons, and not just the nautical angle.
MrsPlum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few so called love stories I have any time for. This is the last, and in my view best, novel from one of history's most charming authors.
koeniel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found number two! After reading 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Emma' and this book, I decided that 'Pride and Prejudice' still holds the title of Jane Austen's best book, but 'Persuasion' took 'Sense and Sensibility''s previous number two place.Excessively romantic, Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot, the daughter of a nobleman, who was forced to refuse her sweetheart's love when she was nineteen, because of the young man's lowly birth and lack of money. Eight years later Captain Wentworth came back successful, with money and handsomer than ever, and Anne found that she was still in love with him. But it didn't seem that he returned the feelings.If one's a helpless romantic like me, one can't help to fall in love with this book, it has all the perfect ingredients of the perfect recipe - beautiful and elegant girl with high moral and good manner, handsome and perfect gentleman, denied but staunch love. What else could one ask for?As usual Jane's book provides a portrait of life in 18th century British society. Rank matters a lot and people's place in society is often controlled more by their birth than by money, education or personality. But of course Jane shows that it's not always the case.
dee_kohler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh I love my jane. "you pierce my heart" only a woman could think up that line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tension the joy the sorrow...perfect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. The characters are true to life and compelling. The story is sweet and moving without being saccharine. The writing is beautiful, as the tone changes from insightful to sardonic to comedic to romantic. Austen creates a wide variety of characters in all her of her novels, characters that we can relate to both within ourselves and portraits of our friends and family.
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Name: Gabriel Nomead <p> Gender: &male <p> Age: Don't even ask. He looks around 19. <p> Rank: Camp Leader <p> Appearance: He has a dark coppery complexion with a strong frame and broad shoulders. His eyes are a brilliant amber-orange, almost catlike. His hair is jet black and windswept; his face always seems to have a hint of dark stubble, no matter what. His wings are deep ashen gray feather, though halfway through they turn to bony black fingers with dark leather stretched between them (yes, he is half-daemonic). <p> Personality: Bold, well-spoken, thoughtful, strong-willed, a natural leader. <p> Status: He hasn't loved for years. . . <p> Other: Meh. He isn't keen on sharing about his past. <p> RPer: Haunted &#65430<_>mmortal